I honestly don't see what I should do differently'.
"It was a solid qualifying session and I think there was nothing wrong with the vehicle today, nothing to complain about", said the Finn after his final qualifying run for Ferrari. Hamilton's lap time of 1min 34.794secs was another new track record in a season in which the cars have gone quicker than ever.
Williams engineering chief Rob Smedley said recently that any idea F1 cars could race as closely as touring cars "just won't happen, physics won't allow that to happen". He executed nearly perfectly, especially in the final sector, and could not be matched, although Sebastian Vettel (who was third) and Bottas clearly gave their all.
Red Bull is ditching Renault engines in 2019 to switch to Honda, while, ironically, Ricciardo will be driving with the same engines which caused him so many complications this year and last. "They looked very competitive all weekend".
"I never say there is a flawless lap the first one wasn't spectacular there was excursions and movement at the rear end the last sector was the killer and were I was able to make the difference, that's not easy to do".
On Schumacher, Fernando said: 'He was dominating the sport when I was in go-karts and then eventually I found myself fighting wheel-to-wheel [with him]. It has not been easy, it has been a struggle, but I am so grateful to the team for putting it all together for me.More news: Migrants fearful, anxious in aftermath of Tijuana protests
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Hamilton paid tribute to his old foe, saying: 'We've had good times and bad times.
Vettel, second to Hamilton in the championship for a second straight year, was sixth in the second practice, trailing teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
"I enjoyed [the season] - obviously it didn't go my way, so I guess he enjoyed it a little more!" he added. The last of Bottas' three career F1 wins was here a year ago.
"In fact, it worked pretty well, we were only lacking a bit of speed especially in Sector 3; that's where we were losing the most and it has been like that for all the week end". We will start the race on the ultrasoft tyres, which is the choice all the top teams have made. "At least we have two cars with different tyres so we can do different things".
"It was very close after the first run".